The baroque ensemble BachPlus was founded in 2010. The past ten years have been remarkable: BachPlus has performed in concert series in Bruges, Aalst and Aardenburg (NL) and performed dozens of concerts in the larger Flemish cities and occasionally also abroad. Works by Johann Sebastian Bach played a central role in these concerts. Bach's cantatas formed the backbone of the programming, but Bach's larger works, such as the Magnificat, the St. John and Matthew Passion and the Hohe Messe, were also performed.
BachPlus likes to flank and confront Bach cantatas with works by Bach's contemporaries or predecessors. This often leads to enlightening artistic insights and performances. This programmatic approach is also reflected in the three CDs that BachPlus has since recorded. The CDs, on the Et'cetera and Evil Penguin labels, were praised in Flanders but also internationally for their artistic quality and broadening choice of programmes.
The larger concert venues in Flanders (Concertgebouw Bruges, Amuz Antwerp, Festival Van Vlaanderen Ghent...) also noticed BachPlus. In 2019, BachPlus impressed Klara's "Everyone Classical" in the Concertgebouw in Bruges with two enthusiastically received concerts. In the corridors, the ensemble was called and praised by concertgoers as “Flanders' best kept musical secret”.
The BachPlus musicians, all tried and tested through their activities in the renowned baroque ensemble, share their enthusiasm for Bach's genius, transcendent and ever-surprising oeuvre. Under the inspiring leadership of Klara Musician of the Year Bart Naessens, rehearsals and concerts are extremely professional, but in a warm, friendly atmosphere in which everyone is open to the artistic input and experiences of fellow musicians. Perhaps it is this artistic openness that distinguishes BachPlus from other ensembles and makes attending their concerts an intense experience.